There’s a lot we don’t know about ourselves. Likewise, there’s a lot we may not know about everyone else. Jung used the word ‘psyche’ to refer to both the conscious and the unconscious…The word ‘persona’ (also from Jung) has an interesting root. It comes from the Latin word meaning “mask”. This, however, is not derogatory. It’s necessary. Each of us has a persona. We need it for survival. It’s the face we put on for public use, and it can be intentional or unconscious..The only danger is when people become their personae. The means something has been shut off somewhere along the line, and these people will end up hiding behind the false personality that works professionally.
The relatively small hours I’ve spent reading Jung have been more than worth it. Start with his autobiography, “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”, and you will be in for a fascinating time while simultaneously fine-tuning your intuition and instincts. – from “Read Carl Jung”
“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away—an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains.”
C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections